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Rise of the Media Giants: How the Laws and Technology Shaped Today’s Media

SKU: IP5100
Total Credits
2.25 - 3
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This CLE course is about the laws that shaped electronic media ultimately resulting in the media giants we have today. It’s a story of competing media industry forces capitalizing on the amazing advancements in technology and how laws have aided, but also capped, the ability to grow. We will cover the development of the radio and television industries, the 1934 Communications Act and early regulation of electronic communications, the emergence of cable from just retransmitting signals to becoming the media power they are today, to the arrival of the Internet.

From there, we’ll go to the game changing deregulatory impact of the 1996 Telecommunications Act to the transformative moment in 2009 when the Digital Transition Content Security Act of 2005 required television frequencies to migrate from analog to digital transmission. That set the stage for a “handshake” exchange between all electronic media platforms where content distribution became interchangeable. With that momentous change, companies were able to easily aggregate and distribute their content to become mega-media behemoths with the capability of global reach.

Lecturer Bio

Stephen H. Kimatian, Esq.

Stephen Kimatian has practiced media law for over 40 years. He has been general counsel to television broadcast groups Newport Television, Kansas City, Clear Channel Television, San Antonio, general manager for television stations WJZ-TV, Baltimore, WKBK, Buffalo, and WSYR-TV Syracuse, and northeast regional vice president for the Ackerley Group, Seattle. He also served as President of Maryland Public Television.

Mr. Kimatian started his legal career with the New York City labor law firm, O’Donnell & Schwartz, Esqs. before joining Group W Broadcasting as Director of Employee and Labor Relations. For several years he served as Instructor of Media and First Amendment law for Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and has also been a columnist for the Syracuse Post Standard. With his daughter, an attorney specializing in education law, and a local community group, he established OnTECH Charter High School in Syracuse, New York.

Mr. Kimatian is a recipient of the Silver Circle Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, past Board Chairman of the Community College of Baltimore, a participant in the DOD, Joint Civilian Orientation Conference and recipient of the President’s Award from Upstate Medical University. Steve grew up in Queens, New York, attended Brooklyn Technical High School, Princeton University and Cornell Law School.


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